PRINTER'S NO. 145
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
169
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY LAUGHLIN, EICHELBERGER, SCARNATI, YAW, ALLOWAY,
FOLMER, YUDICHAK, COSTA, SCHWANK, RESCHENTHALER, VULAKOVICH
AND AUMENT, JANUARY 20, 2017
REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 20, 2017
AN ACT
Amending Title 65 (Public Officers) of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes, in lobbying disclosure, further
providing for registration, for reporting and for
registration fees, fund established, system and regulations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 13A04(a), (d) and (e)(1), 13A05(a), (b)
(4), (6) and (8) and (d) and 13A10(c) of Title 65 of the
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended to read:
§ 13A04. Registration.
(a) General rule.--Unless excluded under section 13A06
(relating to exemption from registration and reporting), a
lobbyist, lobbying firm or a principal must register with the
department electronically using the computerized filing system
developed by the department that is consistent with the purpose
of this chapter within ten days of acting in any capacity as a
lobbyist, lobbying firm or principal. Registration shall be
biennial and shall begin January 1, 2007.
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(d) Amendments.--
(1) If there is a change of information required for the
registration statement under subsection (b)(1) or (2) or (c),
an amended registration statement shall be filed with the
department electronically using the computerized filing
system developed by the department that is consistent with
the purpose of this chapter within 14 days after the change
occurs.
(2) When there is a change in information required for
the registration statement under subsection (b)(3), an
amended registration statement shall be filed with the
department electronically using the computerized filing
system developed by the department that is consistent with
the purpose of this chapter within 14 days of the end of the
year in which the change occurs.
(e) Termination.--
(1) A lobbyist, lobbying firm or principal may terminate
registration by filing notice of termination with the
department[.] electronically using the computerized filing
system developed by the department that is consistent with
the purpose of this chapter.
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§ 13A05. Reporting.
(a) General rule.--A registered principal shall, under oath
or affirmation, file quarterly expense reports with the
department electronically using the computerized filing system
developed by the department that is consistent with the purpose
of this chapter no later than 30 days after the last day of the
quarter.
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(b) Content.--
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(4) A lobbying firm or a lobbyist not associated with a
lobbying firm shall sign the reports electronically submitted
by each principal for whom the lobbying firm or lobbyist is
registered to attest to the validity and accuracy to the best
of the attestor's knowledge. A lobbying firm or lobbyist may
attach a statement to the electronic report of a principal,
describing the limits of the knowledge of the lobbying firm
or lobbyist concerning the information contained in the
expense report.
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(6) A lobbying firm or a lobbyist not associated with a
lobbying firm shall submit an expense report electronically
using the computerized filing system developed by the
department that is consistent with the purpose of this
chapter if during the reporting period the lobbying firm or
lobbyist engaged in lobbying which was not contained in any
expense report filed by a principal or principals
represented.
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(8) A lobbying firm or a lobbyist not associated with a
lobbying firm shall submit a report electronically using the
computerized filing system developed by the department that
is consistent with the purpose of this chapter if the
lobbying firm or lobbyist engaged in lobbying on behalf of
any entity that is exempt under section 13A06(7), (8), (9) or
(10) (relating to exemption from registration and reporting).
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(d) Thresholds for reporting.--An expense report required
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under this section shall be filed electronically using the
computerized filing system developed by the department that is
consistent with the purpose of this chapter when total expenses
for lobbying exceed $2,500 for a registered principal in a
reporting period. In a reporting period in which total expenses
are $2,500 or less, a statement to that effect shall be filed[.]
electronically using the computerized filing system developed by
the department that is consistent with the purpose of this
chapter.
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§ 13A10. Registration fees; fund established; system;
regulations.
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(c) Computerized filing system.--The department shall
implement a fully accessible system to accommodate the use of
computerized filing. [Each registrant shall elect on an annual
basis whether the registrant will file all of the documents
required by this chapter either electronically or on paper with
the department.] The department shall post all filings on its
publicly accessible Internet website within seven days of
receipt of the filing.
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Section 2. This act shall take effect as follows:
(1) The amendment of 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 13A04(a), (d) and
(e)(1) and 13A05(a), (b)(4), (6) and (8) and (d) shall take
effect January 1, 2018.
(2) The remainder of this act shall take effect
immediately.
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